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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Your Fleas, Please

Scientists are appealing to Britons to send them fleas to establish just where and when they come out of hiding and start feasting on pet dogs and cats.

"If someone finds a flea, we want them to wrap it up in adhesive tape, put it in an envelope and send it to us," said a spokesman for a pharmaceuticals firm researching the insects.

Some fleas jump 10,000 times before finding a host and the cat flea, the most common kind in Britain's homes, only bites humans when really hungry. The biting season starts in April or May.

"After finding a host, they start an orgy of gluttony and sex, dying of exhaustion a week later," said the Daily Mail in a report on the new research.